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UK News Hong Kong metro partially reopens, city struggles after violent weekend

05:50  07 october  2019
05:50  07 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Hong Kong protesters rebuild 'Lennon Walls' ahead of China National Day

  Hong Kong protesters rebuild 'Lennon Walls' ahead of China National Day Hong Kong protesters rebuild 'Lennon Walls' ahead of China National DayHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong protesters were rebuilding Lennon Walls of anti-government graffiti on Saturday as they marked the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella" democracy movement that gridlocked the territory for weeks.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong struggled to recover on Monday, with the metro only partially functioning and infrastructure extensively damaged, after Tens of thousands of protesters marched peacefully through the center of the Chinese-ruled city on Sunday, wearing face masks in defiance of

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong 's rail operator partially reopened the city 's metro system on Sunday after an unprecedented shutdown but kept many typically busy stations closed as the Chinese territory braced for large demonstrations later in the day. Violent protests erupted across the Asian

a group of people walking down the street: Riot police detain a protester during an anti-government rally in central Hong Kong © Reuters/JORGE SILVA Riot police detain a protester during an anti-government rally in central Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong struggled to recover on Monday, with the metro only partially functioning and infrastructure extensively damaged, after scores of protesters were arrested in violent clashes overnight that drew the first warning from the Chinese military.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched peacefully through the centre of the Chinese-ruled city on Sunday, wearing face masks in defiance of colonial-era emergency powers that threaten them with a maximum of one year in prison for hiding their faces.

Hong Kong police fire pepper spray as protests turn violent

  Hong Kong police fire pepper spray as protests turn violent Hong Kong police used pepper spray on Saturday to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked a key road next to a pro-democracy rally. Earlier, thousands had gathered peacefully to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2014 "Umbrella" movement. Hong Kong police used pepper spray on Saturday to try to disperse anti-government protesters who threw rocks and blocked a key road next to a huge pro-democracy rally, near the local headquarters of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Hong Kong protesters attack metro stations after face mask ban – video. It was partially reopened on Sunday ahead of more demonstrations expected later in the day. “The extreme violence clearly illustrated that Hong Kong ’s public safety is widely endangered,” Lam said, in her first comments

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong ’s rail operator partially reopened the city ’s metro system on Sunday after an unprecedented shutdown but kept many typically The night’s “extreme violence ” justified the use of the emergency law, Beijing-backed Lam said in a television address on Saturday.

a group of people standing around a motorcycle: Riot police detain protesters during an anti-government rally in central Hong Kong © Reuters/JORGE SILVA Riot police detain protesters during an anti-government rally in central Hong Kong

However, the rallies deteriorated into running clashes as night fell. Police fired tear gas and used baton charges in an attempt to disperse petrol bomb-throwing protesters in several locations across the Asian financial hub.

a person holding an umbrella: Anti-government start a fire in a barricade in Mong Kok, Hong Kong © Reuters/JORGE SILVA Anti-government start a fire in a barricade in Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Scores of protesters were arrested and bussed away under the new emergency laws, which came into effect on Friday night, after some of the most violent clashes in four months of protests virtually shut the city down on Saturday.

The protests have plunged the former British colony into its worst political crisis in decades and pose the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong 's rail operator partially reopened the city 's metro system on Sunday after an unprecedented shutdown but kept many typically busy stations closed as the Chinese territory braced for large demonstrations later in the day. Violent protests erupted across the Asian

Hong Kong 's rail operator partially reopened the city 's metro system on Sunday after an unprecedented shutdown but kept many typically busy stations closed as the Chinese territory braced for large demonstrations later in the day. Violent protests erupted across the Asian financial center on.

The Hong Kong government said in a statement early on Monday, a public holiday in the city, "public safety has been jeopardised and the public order of the whole city is being pushed to the verge of a very dangerous situation".

Further protests are planned in different districts on Monday evening.

Hong Kong's rail operator, MTR Corp, said on Monday that, due to "serious vandalism", most of the stations in the network were temporarily closed. That included typically busy stations such as Admiralty and Wan Chai, around the city's bar district.

MTR's announcement followed an unprecedented closure on Saturday and minimal operations on Sunday, which largely paralysed much of the city.

The entire network, which carries around 5 million passengers a day, would shut at 6 p.m. (1000 GMT), more than four hours earlier than normal, to allow for repairs, it said.

Grocery stores that had shut early on Sunday were mostly open by Monday morning. Many businesses and stores have had to close repeatedly during the four months of protests and Hong Kong now faces its first recession in a decade.

Restive Hong Kong hunkers down as China's birthday celebrations begin

  Restive Hong Kong hunkers down as China's birthday celebrations begin Restive Hong Kong hunkers down as China's birthday celebrations beginHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong went into lockdown on Tuesday to ensure anti-government protests do not overshadow Chinese President Xi Jinping's commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

HONG KONG - Hong Kong ’s rail operator partially reopened the city ’s metro system Sunday after an unprecedented shutdown but kept many typically busy stations closed as the Chinese territory braced for large demonstrations later in the day. Violent protests erupted across the Asian financial

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong ’s rail operator partially reopened the city ’s metro system on Sunday after an unprecedented shutdown but kept many typically busy stations closed as the Train service would also be shortened to end at 9 p.m., more than three hours earlier than normal.

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked emergency powers last used more than 50 years ago in the hope of quelling the protests but the move has had the opposite effect, sparking three nights of violence.

a group of people walking on a city street: A riot police officer clashes with a protester during an anti-government rally in central Hong Kong © Reuters/JORGE SILVA A riot police officer clashes with a protester during an anti-government rally in central Hong Kong

China's Hong Kong military garrison warned protesters on Sunday they could be arrested for targeting its barracks with laser lights.

Chinese military personnel raised a yellow flag with the arrest warning written in large letters, a Reuters witness said, the first direct interaction between the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and protesters.

Riot police detain a protester during an anti-government rally in central Hong Kong © Reuters/JORGE SILVA Riot police detain a protester during an anti-government rally in central Hong Kong

A few hundred protesters shone laser lights on the barracks walls, the first time they have targeted PLA facilities, and troops in fatigues on the roof shone spotlights at protesters in return. The protesters eventually dispersed.

What started as opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill has grown into a pro-democracy movement against what is seen as Beijing's increasing grip on the city, undermining its "one country, two systems" status promised when Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997.

China dismisses such accusations, saying foreign governments, including Britain and the United States, have fanned anti-China sentiment.

(Writing by Farah Master and Michael Perry; Editing by Paul Tait)

Hong Kong to ban protesters from wearing masks .
Hong Kong is to ban people wearing masks during protests, the territory's chief executive has confirmed. Carrie Lam announced the use of the emergency powers - which haven't been used for more than 50 years - after months of violent street protests.However, she stressed that Hong Kong was not under a state of emergency. © AP Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Anyone breaking the ban could be jailed for a year or be fined but many protesters have said they will defy the ruling.

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